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The Catalpa Rescue: The gripping story of the most dramatic and successful prison break in Australian history

The Catalpa Rescue: The gripping story of the most dramatic and successful prison break in Australian history

The incredible true story of one of the most extraordinary and inspirational prison breaks in history. Boston, 1869. Members of the Clan na Gael - agitators for an Irish republic - hatch a daring plan to free six Irish political prisoners from the most remote gaol on earth, Frema... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780733641244
Barcode 9780733641244
Published 23 April 2019 by Hachette
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By FitzSimons, Peter
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ISBN-13 9780733641244
ISBN-10 0733641245
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Hachette
Imprint Hachette Australia
Publication Date 23 April 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By FitzSimons, Peter
Category Australasian & Pacific History
Australian
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 34mm
Weight 580g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 980075

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The incredible true story of one of the most extraordinary and inspirational prison breaks in history. Boston, 1869. Members of the Clan na Gael - agitators for an Irish republic - hatch a daring plan to free six Irish political prisoners from the most remote gaol on earth, Fremantle Prison in Western Australia. Under the guise of a whale hunt, Captain Anthony sets sail on the Catalpa, risking his life to rescue the men from the prison, known among the inmates as 'a living tomb'. What follows is one of history's greatest escape stories - a tale of courage and cunning that stands as an enormously significant event in the histories of no fewer than four nations. Americans were drawn to the story from the first, most particularly to its climactic moment. When the six escaped prisoners are found to be aboard an American whaler - The Catalpa. For Ireland, who had suffered English occupation for 700 years, a successful escape would be a call to arms. It would show the English that people capable of launching an escape on the other side of the world, really would stop at nothing. For the English the humiliation of an escape would mean the Irish question would not go away. And for the young Australia, the Catalpa Rescue was a demonstration that those seeking independence for their own country could triumph, that Great Britain was not unbeatable. Told with FitzSimons' trademark pace and verve, The Catalpa Rescue is a true story that has it all: adventure, politics, morality, colonialism, the fight for independence and, most importantly, the triumph of good men, against all odds.

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Author's Bio

Peter FitzSimons is Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer, and for the past 30 years has also been a journalist and columnist with the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD and the SUN-HERALD. He is the author of a number of highly successful books, including BURKE AND WILLS, MONASH'S MASTERPIECE, KOKODA, NED KELLY and GALLIPOLI, as well as biographies of such notable Australians as Sir Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake and Nick Farr-Jones. His passion is to tell Australian stories, our own stories: of great men and women, of stirring events in our history. Peter grew up on a farm north of Sydney, went to boarding school in Sydney and attended Sydney University. An ex-Wallaby, he also lived for several years in rural France and Italy, playing rugby for regional clubs. He and his wife Lisa Wilkinson - journalist, magazine editor and television presenter - have three children; they live in Sydney.

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